I passed a small boy walking with his dad I was walking in the Books-a-Million parking lot. He couldn’t have been more than 2 or 3…but then again, I’m a terrible guesstimator so I won’t be signing my name next to that! When the little boy saw me, a stranger, a huge smile stretched across his face. As his little hand began shaking robotically from side to side (the classic I Just Learned How to Wave wave), I couldn’t help but think about how we should be looking at strangers through the eyes of a child.
Think about it.
Have you ever noticed how friendly little kids are to strangers? They are so inviting and literally smile and wave at everyone. They don’t care what a person looks like, or smells like, or what they do for a living.
Forget the facts. Another human being is looking back at them and, quite frankly, that’s the only fact they need.
With everything that’s been going on in the world here lately, many of us may be tempted to shut ourselves off from everyone and be wary of who we show kindness and respect to…but we’ll never change the world for the better until we set aside our bitterness towards people (based on occupation, race, or social status) and start seeing each other the way we are meant to be seen, as mere humans.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” The ONLY way we’re going to make this world a better place is by LOVING ON PEOPLE. NOT by shutting each other out, disrespecting each other, or by picking and choosing who we show kindness to.
Looking at others through the eyes of a child changes everything. Kids don’t think twice about loving on people. They just do it. They love on people…just because they’re people.
We don’t need to know all the facts to love on another human being, and we DEFINITELY shouldn’t be picking and choosing which strangers are worthy or “unworthy” of our love and respect.
We should be loving on people, JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE PEOPLE.
A child doesn’t let one bad experience with a stranger hinder their actions toward another. They continue smiling and waving despite the few times a person never smiled and waved back.
We should, too.
Don’t let a few change the way you view the whole.
It is my prayer that every time you witness a child smiling and waving at a stranger, you are reminded to always, always, ALWAYS choose to show love, kindness and respect towards others despite what’s going on in this BROKEN WORLD. Look at others through the eyes of a child and continue loving on people regardless of occupation, race, or social status.
See them the way they were meant to be seen…as mere humans, just like you and me.